The Soft Parade (10:08)

Cover of Box Set Disc 3 - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be

From Box Set Disc 3 - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be and 10 other releases

“The Soft Parade” is the ninth and final track on the fourth studio album of the same name by the rock band The Doors. Many listeners believe that this and “Shaman’s Blues” are reminiscent to the old style of The Doors, as heard in the albums The Doors and Strange Days. This is mainly because the song contains both lyrical and melodic shifts. At the beginning of the song, Jim Morrison starts out with spoken words reminiscent of a raving Christian preacher. This part of the song is referred to as the “Petition the Lord with Prayer” section. The song then goes into a harpsichord driven semi-introductory piece mainly known as “Sanctuary”, with lyrics such as, “Can you give me sanctuary, I must find a place to hide” referencing his then-current problems like the Miami and New Haven arrests. Afterwards, the beat picks up and the song progressively gets faster, and features a psychedelic pop section, followed by an upbeat, soft section before going into a wild blues-rock part that ends the song. The new, 2006 remastered album reinstates an intro before the ‘Petition The Lord With Prayer’ section where Morrison laments that he’s “troubled immeasurably” by the “feather of your soft reply” of an unnamed subject.

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  • Moonlight_Dawn

    LOVE this song!! Starts out with "petition" (spoken word) then into a droning proto-gothic sound.... then drifts into a proto-disco(?)/funk rock, then a "carnival" feel (catacombs section) then a proto-punk/hard rock sound (the best part of the trip).... Yea this number is really a far-out psychedelic trip.... amazing recording. <3

    19 Jan 9:23pm Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    this is the best part of the trip this is the trip the best part i really like [5]

    16 Jan 2:35am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    this is the best part of the trip this is the trip the best part i really like [4] best part indeed

    10 Jan 2:55am Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the 4th album "The Soft Parade" released on July 21, 1969 at this point Mr Morison was succumbing to alcoholism and had lost control of himself and the respect of his band mates. Review from the August 22, 1969 "Rolling Stone Magazine" (the Bible of the period) by Alec Dubro: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-soft-parade-19690823

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ivartist

    this is the best part of the trip this is the trip the best part i really like [3] This song has it all!

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • crs16520

    "cobra on my left; leopard on my right"...

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • rafael_freitas

    this is the best part of the trip this is the trip the best part i really like [2]

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • WLDB

    You cannot petition the Lord with prayer!

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    i think tonight i'm going to petition the lord with prayer.

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Patrizia_Hyou

    Una obra maestra!! ♥ Amo a Jim!!

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • thomas-anders

    Everything must be this way, yeah

    29 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Storchel

    Loove it!

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    i'm wondering.... could you petition the lord with prayer?

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • lavoix-d-ulysse

    YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • oskar095

    this is the best part of the trip this is the trip the best part i really like

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Lovely tune.. Great way to end this album..

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    RIP Ray Manzarek. Genius. Have a safe trip.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • apunasa

    This is the best part of the trip. This is the trip, the best part. I really like - awesomeness

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • hearing_damage

    YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER! [5]

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • sstrosser1

    Another example of a drug induced babble of incoherence spewed from the mouth of an addict. I can only describe this in one word " brilliant "

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
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